If we feel anger or rage, we're quick to repress it: we're convinced that we shouldn't feel anger at all. And if we love something - like writing, for example - we're good at denying it, either because we don't want others to know too much about us, or because it makes feel vulnerable.
This week, keep a notebook, and assess your emotions. When you're in the middle of a strong emotion, write down how you feel. What are you experiencing in your body? What's going through your mind? Write a list of emotions you felt during the day, and what caused you to feel each emotion.
Here's a list of emotions.
The purpose of this notebook is to help your writing, whether you write fiction or nonfiction. Fiction is all about arousing emotions in the reader. If you can't FEEL your own emotions, you've got no hope of arousing them in others. You need your emotions when you're writing nonfiction too, otherwise no one will read your work - it will be too dry and dusty.
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